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Mr. Rochester broods …

As I wrote about in a previous post, I’ve been reading Jane Eyre as of late and for better or worse, George C. Scott is my image of Mr. Rochester. I created the image below for myself I was playing with screen caps from the video available on YouTube and started manipulating the images with Photoshop. I had all sorts of enhancements on the image at certain points in its development – red strings from ribs, written quotes about tears dropping from the lash, etc. But the embellishments didn’t really seem to add much to the feeling of the image and looked a tad art school gimmicky. So here it is. I know it is an acquired taste to have George C. as Edward and the image has limited appeal. If you like it, take it, give credit if you can and if you want a small card of the image just click on it and go to the store and purchase it.


Oh look another Harry Potter video post!

Well, I haven’t posted any Harry Potter material here in quite sometime.  This is for RL cause I know how much you love the Harry Potter posts.

Below is a behind the scenes HP movie vid – you get a sense of how much these kids have grown during the making of these movies and if you’re a Robbie Coltrane/Hagrid fan you’ll definitely like this (there’s just a snippet or two of Alan Rickman in full Snape attire smiling which is always fun and a little disconcerting).  I especially liked the comment by one of the dementors.  Take a look:

I guess it comes with the Lego purchase?  See the notes on the YouTube site by RadcliffeWatson

Lord of the Vuvuzela!

This made me laugh early in the morning – an almost impossible task.  Nicely done:

Cause it made me laugh…

I followed a link on the Lhasa de Sela website and came across these videos.  And even though I was sad over the passing of Lhasa, these brought a smile and a laugh.  I was the property manager on a production of Strindberg’s The Father… or was it Miss Julie… eh, anyway, it was glum.  Yes, I am quite aware he was a master of the naturalist style, his works a pillar of theatrical repertoire but Strindberg in my mind is synonymous with humorless misogynist.  Which makes these even funnier… (go direct to the website to see all four shorts in better quality than the YouTube version below – Strindberg and Helium)

Llorando de cara a la pared…

I heard the sad news this week that Lhasa de Sela had passed away on the first day of the New Year.  Lhasa’s music, particularly the one in the video featured below, helped get me through some rough times many years ago and still resonates.  She was only 37 and had lived an uncommon life:

Lhasa’s unusual childhood was marked by long periods of nomadic wandering through Mexico and the U.S., with her parents and sisters in the school bus which was their home.  During this period the children improvised, both theatrically and musically, performing for their parents on a nightly basis.  Lhasa grew up in a world imbued with artistic discovery, far from conventional culture.

There’s a gypsy quality to her style and I was pleased when I read this about her traveling with her 3 sisters’ one ring traveling circus in France Pocheros.  Her website is here and you can read more about her music and life.  Lhasa de Sela.  I love this quote from her bio that describes her music:  “These are songs inspired by a warm country but written in a cold one, with a Brontë-like romanticism, a wry and literate sense of humor, and moments of startling emotional rawness.  When they heard it, people from North America and Europe sighed and said “Ah, Mexico…”, and Mexicans said, “What strange music! Where is she from?”

I’m not a fan of overwrought emotionality and her music was emotional and soul-catching without the self-pitying cloyingness that can sometimes attach itself to sentiment.  If you wish to listen to the music straight please go here to the MySpace page and listen to De Cara a la Pared or El Desierto in particular. She sings in Spanish, English and French – Rising and Fool’s Gold are good examples of her English work.

Here’s the YouTube performance of De Cara a la Pared – I don’t think the audio is as good here as it is on the MySpace page tho’

Suffice it to say, I was very sad to hear of her passing.  Her music meant and still means a great deal to me.  The combination of her music and what I’ve read of her life presents in my mind’s eye an image akin to a Cornell box full of snippets of images from children’s books, gypsy beads, spider webs and twigs and bright colored cloth … hmm rather than describing it perhaps I should build one.  I guess that’s what it means to be an artist – the impact of your  work carries on after your physical manifestation passes.

By the way, Lhasa passed from breast cancer.  Perhaps scheduling an exam would be also be a good way to remember her.

I leave you with one more quote from her website:

An old friend of Lhasa’s, Jules Beckman, offered these words:”We have always heard something ancestral coming through her.  She has always spoken from the threshold between the worlds, outside of time.  She has always sung of human tragedy and triumph, estrangement and seeking with a Witness’s wisdom.  She has placed her life at the feet of the Unseen.”

Off to sell my wares on the street

I have a 3 day craft fair starting tomorrow a.m.  That translates into these post every day for the month of December posts being less than meaty and full of filler.  So, the Eels have released a new video for one of the songs on the new album “End Times.”  Here it on YouTube.  To be honest, I’ve not even listened to it yet – I just watched it with the sound off – I’ll have to catch it later when I can pump the volume up to audible.


I have heat!  I have a huge repair bill but I have heat in the house!  Now I’m worried about paying the gas bill when it comes so I’m using the heater sparingly.  The only reason I consented to the repairs was that the air conditioning wouldn’t work either without replacing the board and transformer.  (Yes, I thought about Optimus Prime too when he told me that – I’ve been hanging around little kids too much).

Speaking of bills to pay, Capt’n … buy a flow’r off a poor girl? No?  How about a flower fairy crayon instead then, eh?  Click on the link to go to the Etsy shop and purchase at will.  They make lovely little stocking stuffers ..

I created the mold from a fairy image I purchased long ago, so I think I can be pretty safe in saying they are one of a kind.  I melt the crayons (100% Crayola so I know they’re safe for kids) in the molds (also non-toxic silicone molds that I made so I know they’re kid friendly) and package them up just for you.  I have the crayons available in other colors – just drop me a note.  So go, go to the store before I throw your slippers at you.  Sorry – I’m in a My Fair Lady frame of mind tonight….


…. and not for Godot this time. … at least I hope not.

Day 3 of this posting every day stuff and I’m already getting a bit bored with it.  I really don’t have that much to say. I’m waiting for the heating/cooling repairman.  Its cold in here today.  Its so cold its snowing!  Cool – look you can make the snow move around when you move your mouse over it.  Okay, so I’m easily amused…. It is cold but it is livable.  Its not like I’m in Minnesota (about 50 degrees outside and in).  But it kind of makes you not want to do anything other than leave the house which I can’t cause I’m waiting for the repairman.  It makes me realize just how lucky I am.  So many people don’t have shelter or heat or warm clothes or enough food not only in far off corners in the world but right where we live.  We take for granted so much and complain bitterly about our jobs, the traffic, the Christmas rush.  There are so many people in the U.S. and abroad who would be thrilled to have a job, be stuck in a car (not everyone has that luxury and it is a luxury) in traffic or have enough money to go out Christmas shopping and be rushing around to buy presents for loved ones.

Sorry for the sermon, its aimed more at me than you (whoever you may be).  I’ll make it up to you – here’s a video of Dean Martin singing Its a Marshmallow World.  I love the version of him and Frank singing this but this, well, this you can’t beat – Dean with a cigarette in his hand singing the song with less than heartfelt sentiments.  I can almost hear him thinking – is it over yet, roll commercial, oh geez more lyrics on that teleprompter ….

Total Eclipse of the Heart?

I saw this over at the  Radical Radish blog and it just made me laugh out loud.  It is very well done and very funny – I never realized how truly weird the video to this song was … what the hell were they originally trying to imply with the video to this song anyway?  Take a look – its called a Literal Video….

On kumquats and burning bridges

This post is going to be a little of this, a little of that… and speaking of little – have you ever eaten a kumquat?  I hate to admit that at this stage of the game I had never tried one up until yesterday.  I remember talking about them and having them described to me many, many years ago when I was in college by a fellow student, Amir (I think he was from Yemen).  He plucked one from a tree (or was it a small bush) on campus and told me they were eaten in his country.  Fast forward to yesterday when while strolling through Trader Joe’s, I picked up a little container of kumquats thinking it would be something different to have my little niece and nephew try.  The kumquat looks like a miniature citrus fruit  – adorably cute and enticing. The kidlees were drawn to them right away since they look like toy fruit (the kumquats, not the kids).  They properly examined the fruit, assessing it was a mini-orange.  My nephew asked if he should peel it first and I told him its eaten with the peel.  My niece and nephew took one bite of the fruit, squenched their little faces as the sour taste hit their tongues and spit the fruit out immediately into my hand.  Yes, on first bite they are sour, very sour and almost salty but once you get over that initial burst , the sweet rind mitigates the sour and makes this wonderful blend of tastes in your mouth, so much so that you find yourself reaching for another.  At least I did.   I had quite a few today.  I’m glad I finally picked them up and tried them.  You just never know do you what you like until you try stuff.

Sometimes it takes a long time to figure out what you like and sometimes you need to distance yourself from things that leave a bitter taste.   “Burning bridges” is such an antiquated term.  Here is some interesting information from answers.com:

  • Crossing the Rubicon is a metaphor for deliberately proceeding past a point of no return. The phrase originates with Julius Caesar‘s invasion of Ancient Rome when, on January 1049 BC, he led his army across the Rubicon River in violation of law, hence making conflict inevitable. Therefore the term “the Rubicon” is used as a synonym to the “point of no return”.
  • Alea iacta est (“The die is cast”), which is reportedly what Caesar said during the aforementioned crossing of the Rubicon.
  • The equivalent expressions
    • Burn one’s bridges. The expression is derived from the idea of burning down a bridge after crossing it during a military campaign, leaving no option but to win, and motivating those who otherwise might want to retreat. This expression can also be used figuratively, as in, “On my last day at my old job, I told my boss what I really think about the company. I guess I burned my bridges.”
    • Burn one’s boats, a variation of burning one’s bridges. The Muslim commander Tariq bin Ziyad, upon setting foot on the Iberian Peninsula in 711, ordered his ships to be burnt, so that his men had no choice but to thrust forward and fight against their enemy.
    • Break the woks and sink the boats (破釜沉舟)“, an ancient Chinese saying referring to Xiang Yu‘s order at the Battle of Julu; by fording a river and destroying all means of re-crossing it, he committed his army to a struggle to the end with the Qin and eventually achieved victory.
  • Fait accompli (“accomplished deed”, from the verb “faire”, to do), a term of French origin denoting an irreversible deed.

I’m more of the opinion that if the river should need to be forded again, a bridge can be rebuilt or a different manner of crossing the gorge can be found, it just takes a bit more time.  But for now I can sit on my side eating kumquats.  I am not the only builder of bridges – although sometimes it has felt that way.

Inscrutable enough of a post do you think?  Here is a link to an interesting NPR piece on kumquats with some recipes at the end:  Kumquat

And here is one of my favorite movie bridge scenes:

I may have to start doing a daily Monty Python video posting … let’s see if I can find a Monty Python kumquat reference… tah…

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